August 8, 2013
SIU Center for Family Medicine to Hold Family Health Fair
A family fun health fair for the public will be held at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Center for Family Medicine from 3 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 14. Activities will be held in its parking lot at the corner of Fourth and Carpenter Streets (530 North Fourth Street) in Springfield.
The health fair coincides with National Community Health Center Week and marks the first year of the SIU Center for Family Medicine’s designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center. Various booths will provide information about the new Affordable Care Act as well as various diseases and conditions. Screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and BMI will be offered. Free activities, including face painting and games for kids, door prizes, snacks, ice cream and water will be offered.
Community health centers have been in existence throughout the U.S. for more than 45 years and serve 22 million people nationwide. They are increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families, whether they are insured or not.
“Health Center Week is a great opportunity for us to make our community aware of the importance of primary health care for everyone,” said Dr. Janet Albers, professor of family and community medicine and associate chair of the department. “When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. We are here to serve anyone in need of a medical home. ”
Evidence shows patients choose health centers because they are convenient, affordable, and offer a range of services from a team of caring professionals. They have demonstrated success by:
For more information about the SIU Center for Family Medicine family fun health fair, contact Laura Castelon at 217-757-8150, weekdays.